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Arrondissement de Chartres

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  • Day335

    Chartres

    September 27 in France ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Named after a Celtic tribe, the Carnutes, who made it their principal Druidic centre, Chartres is 88km from Paris in the Eure-et-Loir region, and directly on the route back to England where I must go to get the van tested / taxed and insured.
    After a very wet day, the Chartrain and Chartraine, (for that is how the locals call themselves,) are not to be found on the streets; but the rain stopped for long enough for me to wander around another medievil city.
    The dolls hospital was the only unusual sight.
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  • Day335

    Twin towers still standing

    September 27 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    OK so there is one other reason to visit Chartres: Notre-Dame de Chartres. The cathedral is UNESCO World Heritage listed rightly because it is a well preserved example of High Gothic style building.
    It was built following a fire that destroyed most of the previous Merovingian church in 1194, the new choir being complete by 1221 and the whole building consecrated in 1260.
    Everyone takes the same photo of the West façade built around the middle of the 12th century and its 2 asymmetric towers, but I couldn't resist yet another copy.
    A taste of the rest is provided, but judging by the half a dozen photo-tourists following me around to take the same shots from exactly the spot where I took mine, I suspect that they are no more unique than the tower shot.
    Like the priests house - you would expect no les for a Bishop.
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  • Day335

    A taste of blue

    September 27 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    On the inside one is struck by the mainly blue stained glass windows which have survived since the 12thC.
    Also by the clean-up of the soot coated limestone, which can be seen in the before shot of the clerestory and the after shot on the other side.
    There is a clear hole in one of the windows. Light is supposed to enter on June 21st and hit a nail buried in the floor - ie a solar calender that we have seen in several other churches. Only that they got it wrong. Not only does the facade receive little sunlight but also when it does it doesn't hit the spot on the right date!Read more

  • Day335

    Cowspiracy?

    September 27 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    The trend nowadays is to vegetarianism and an up-to-date town council doesn't declare itself to be a 'Nuclear Free Zone' but a 'Beef Free Zone'.
    Or maybe its just that this has been and continues to be a major sheep farming area.

    Churches everywhere in Normandy. St Leonards (built 1520-1540) at La Pyle is one such example. Note to campers: there is a tap in the yard which actually works so you can fill your water bottles.Read more

  • Day5

    Dia 5 Tours a Chartres 200 km

    June 9 in France ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Nos levantamos temprano y salimos para Chartres. De nuevo tomamos rutas comarcarles y disfrutamos de la campiña francesa. Paramos en un pueblo a desayunar y seguimos viaje. Sobre las 11:30 llegamos a Chartres y visitamos la catedral que es una de las catedrales góticas más bonitas. Estuvimos toda la tarde paseando y visitamos el museo de los vitrales. Después fuimos al Airbnb y Gary se dio cuenta que había perdido su sombrero de 80 dólares, yo le dije que fuéramos al lugar donde el podría haber perdido el sombrero y que visualizara que el sombrero estaba ahí, encontramos el lugar donde habíamos aparcado y ahí estaba el sombrero. Comimos unos crepes y volvimos. Mañana salimos para Ypres en Bélgica. Antes visitaremos Brujas y posiblemente Dunkerke.Read more

  • Day6

    Rambouillet to Chartres. 56 km.

    September 10, 2017 in France ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Why pack that raingear if you never use it?? And we confirmed we don't melt when we get wet 🌧️😄🌦️.

    Woke up to a Saturday market right outside our hotel so got lunch food for later. Another late start..not quite caught up to the time zone yet. Much nicer riding track today thru farmland, more tree lined lanes, country roads. The veloscenie leads us thru back lanes we'd never find ourselves. The little towns are one after another ...no more than 100 m apart.

    Lunch in Epernon in a small churchyard ... In the sunshine at that point. We had 🥖 🧀, ham, olives, grapes and 🍷.

    Not long after we took shelter under an overhanging tree beside someone's front gate. Bit of hail and big wind. On our way again in 25 minutes but needed shelter again in Maintenon by the Chateau, beside the aqueduct. Gave in to the rain clothes at this point and had a mix of everything after that. Then Daryl can't shift into his lowest gear so the hills are more ominous tho not bad at all today thank goodness.

    Lovely ride into Chartres along the Greenway. Very cool town. Staying at a chambres-hotes (B&B). Bike friendly and people friendly! Sylvie offered to do our laundry - perfect timing! We'll stay 2 nights and tour the town today - haven't been doing enough of this yet. We'll get DB's bike seen to tomorrow before we head out.

    So far so good 😊.
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  • Day7

    Chambres to Illiers-Combray - 37 km.

    September 11, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Can you say 'vent'? Vent implacable?? That was our ride today. The wind was coming from the southwest 35+ kph. And we were biking towards...you guessed it...the southwest! I know... first world problem. Out in the middle of huge fields of stubble (some corn still to be harvested) with no wind break, it can be a slog 😣. And it was at times.

    But ... we're cycling in France 🍷😍. Good bike paths the whole way (37 km that was more like 70); espresso at a truck stop where the truckers were lined up at the bar for their shot of alcohol before heading back out on the road; gourmet picnic lunch at the requisite church yard (cut a bit short by a few raindrops that never amounted to anything wet); get to Illiers-Combray by 3 pm (the perfect time to stop when you're slackers like us) and take just less than an hour to find our hotel within a 500 metre radius 😜.

    Illiers-Combray is no metropolis (3400 ppl) but we enjoyed a bit of down time before checking out the church (quite nice for a place this size), touring the Jardin de Marcel Proust (French author who stayed here and used this town in his writings), and walking a bit (a very tiny bit) of the pilgrim trail that runs through here. Finished the evening with another 'repas delicieux' complete with creme brulee...tough to take.

    Checking the weather forecast here for the days ahead. Looks pretty nice at home 🤔.
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  • Day18

    Chartres to Illiers Combray

    September 7, 2017 in France ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    This morning we returned to the Cathedral to explore inside and see the massive stained glass windows. It was then time to get back on the bikes to continue our journey.

    The ride took us along a lovely succession of peaceful country roads. This really was the type of riding that we had been looking forward to, although anyone who had expected a "flat" ride would have another think coming. The road seemed to be always either rising or falling (mostly the former), which meant that it was by no means an easy day in the saddle.

    We arrived at Illiers Combray in the middle of the afternoon and went in search of our hotel - the Hotel Les Aubepines.

    The tiny town is best known for being the home of the French poet Marcel Proust. It has not changed much and has preserved the charm of past times.

    The Church of St. Jacques is the model for the church featured so prominently in the first part of Marcel Proust’s literary masterpiece, À La Recherche du Temps Perdu (Remembrance of Things Past). The church dates back to the 13th century and was rebuilt in 1497, with the aid of Florent d’Illiers, who fought alongside Joan of Arc.
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  • Day434

    Day 435: Chartres Cathedral

    April 25, 2018 in France ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    ABC - Another Day, Another B****y Cathedral. Today's WHS was Chartres Cathedral, located to the south-west of Paris. Was a reasonably long drive from Amiens, about 3 hours, skirting around the edge of Paris too. I do still find them interesting, but it's been a lot of cathedrals in a fairly short space of time - sort of like visiting old towns when you visit Italy.

    This Cathedral was notable for its interior restoration, a controversial one that has it looking bright white and almost baroque - very odd. Still impressive though, particularly the sculpture outside and the stained glass too, some of which was actually older than the cathedral itself (it belonged to the previous cathedral on the site).

    Finished up for the day, we ate our baguettes and then checked in to our hotel, a cheap business style hotel on the outskirts of town. We've stayed with this chain before and always had reasonable experiences - they're cheap and no frills, but at least decent quality. This one had been recently built, and so everything was still nice and fresh and clean.

    Spent the afternoon working and relaxing, and went out to grab kebabs for dinner. These days the most common French fast food!
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  • Day10

    Way better than Paris

    June 10, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌧 68 °F

    Ice Dragon and I made it to the Cathédrale Notre-Dame du Chartres today and it's truly one of the most magnificent things we've ever seen.

    I could actually see the spires from about 15 miles out and thought, "wow! it must be huge!"

    It is huge. It's also at the tippy top of a very, very steep hill. Enjoying a much-deserved glass of wine and crème brûlée. We hit the 400 mile mark today!Read more

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